The Plattsburgh Airbase Redevelopment Corp. is “at the 3-yard line,” President and CEO Bruce Steadman told its board of directors this week, according to the Press-Republican newspaper.
The Air Force last week officially transferred to Clinton County, N.Y., the final parcel of the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base.
Since the base’s closure in 1995, the redevelopment board has sold more than 200 properties, leased more than 160 and attracted 60 businesses. Now, nine parcels remain, worth $2.8 million, the paper reports.
“It is not a good time to be in the base redevelopment business, but we are in pretty good shape here,” Steadman said, according to the paper.
Kathleen Ferguson, deputy assistant secretary for installations and a former civilian engineer at the base, attended last week’s ceremony marking the final transfer. She said Plattsburgh’s success shows regions can survive base closure.
“The community could have given up, but you didn’t,” she told local leaders.